Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2004 Turley Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard – Bottle Notes

2004 Turley Duarte Vineyard

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards.

Duarte Vineyard is in Contra Costa County surrounded by housing developments. The vines date back to the 1800’s and I can only hope that this historic site does not ripped out to build McMansions.

The wine checks in at 15% ABV. Violet in color. Blueberries and white pepper on the nose. Lush palate of raspberry, blackberry and cranberry. The finish is seamless. I bought too much ’04 Turley (if such a thing is possible). I was worried that the wines would not age well, but recent bottles have left me with little doubt that these wines show beautifully beyond the first few years of bottle age.

My rating: 92 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. Along with other wineries like Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is at the forefront of the California Zinfandel revolution. This winery never ceases to amaze me. Highly recommended.

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